Friday, February 25, 2011

Fertilization Report

First, let me tell you that I haven't had any more of the issues where I almost pass out. Yay! I am still very tender with pain wrapping from my abdomen around to my back, and what feels like trapped air in my diaphragm and shoulders. I thought the trapped air was odd as it's not like I had an ex-lap for retrieval, so I called the doc yesterday evening and he said it's abnormal, but not unheard of, just rest. So when I talked to my nurse this morning and was still having some of that pain (it's not as bad as it was last night when I almost ripped the countertop out of the wall in our bathroom-it felt like around AF with my endometriosis), she suggested I just rest and if I could not work tonight, that would be best. We've had too many people staffing at work right now and people were getting floated, so I made the decision to call out. I will lose 12 hours of time, but I'm not worried about it if it means that I'll feel better come transfer day.

Which leads me to my next bit of news. For a little bit of history, when we did IVF #1, we had 18 eggs, 11 were mature enough for ICSI, and 8 fertilized, none made it to day 5, so we had a 3 day transfer, and had Jack 9 months later. IVF #2, we had 9 eggs, 6 were mature enough for ICSI, and 3 fertilized-all abnormal with multiple nuclei and we did not transfer any back. IVF #3 gave us 20 eggs as you guys read yesterday, 15 were mature enough for ICSI, and 12 fertilized!!!!!!!!! This is the best we've ever had!

My transfer is tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning. They won't know for sure until this afternoon how many retrievals they will have for Sunday AM, and the transfers are always after the retrievals, so not sure what time yet, I'll know more tomorrow. The thing is that the lab at this clinic comes in and looks at the embryos on Sunday morning and emails reports to the nurse between 7-7:30AM, and that is when we'll be called to be told if our retrieval will be postponed until Tuesday. We've never had anything make it to day 5 for freezing, so I can't imagine they'll push us until Tuesday, but if they recommend it, we will just have to trust them. If there aren't any retrievals for Sunday morning, we could be scheduled for a 9am transfer, which means we'd have to be there by 8am, and my nurse admits we could be driving there when she calls to tell us we're being postponed. We just have to be flexible and roll with the punches. Easier said than done with someone who likes to have everything planned out, but we'll do it.

How am I feeling at this point in our cycle? Positive. I feel like this could work, I've got many supportive friends who feel like this could work and are very excited for us. I have to admit that I'm excited, but I also admit that being excited when nothing is for sure scares me. I guess that is what hope is.


  1. Oh wow, sounds real good! best of luck with your transfer and getting another little one. Congrats on making it the first round, always glad to hear these stories. never loose sight of hope!

  2. Having 12 fertilize sounds like an abundance of riches to me (since we never had more than 3 take), and I'm so happy for this great sign!!! You are rocking this cycle! I know that one of those little ones is going to go all the way! :) And, maybe you'll be able to freeze some this time! I hope you're feeling better today. I had one retrieval with some pretty bad pain as well. No fun. Thinking of you!

  3. wow, how exciting for you... best of luck with your transfer. Thinking of you,

  4. Jen- I am SOOOOO excited for you right now! I wish I could give you a huge hug! I hope you know that I am thinking about you and praying for you. I really feel like we are seeing God at work here in how this cycle is going and I pray that we will continue to see Him at work over the next 9 months with a healthy pregnancy and baby.